Amy is a Technology Integration Specialist in the Green Bay Area Public School District, Wisconsin. She has been using Discovery Education for over a year. She shared, “In my current position, I am responsible for assisting teachers with integrating technology into their curriculum. Discovery Education has made it so easy for educators to effectively integrate online media directly into their lessons. They best part is, the content all aligns with curriculum standards!”
How are you involved in education other than your official role as a K-12 educator?
I also work in higher education at our local Technical College. I spend two nights a week teaching non-English speakers how to become fluent in the English language. This has been a very rewarding experience for me through out the past 2 ½ years as I watch students grow in their language development.
When you’re not working where are we most likely to find you?
When I am not working, you are most likely to find me spending time with family and friends. We love to spend time doing outdoor activities. In the winter months, we spend a lot of time snowmobiling and snowshoeing. In the summer months, you are most likely to find us out on the water boating or snorkeling. Where I live, we are very lucky to be surrounded by water!
What is your most memorable experience with the DEN?
One of my most memorable experiences with DEN was my first VirtCon, which took place this past fall. These virtual professional development events are free and a great way to get involved in the community!
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
One of my favorite parts of Discovery Education is the support and training ideas it offers to educators. I love exploring the Spotlight on Strategies (S.O.S) and implementing these research-based ideas in both trainings and classrooms. My favorite strategy to use is called Multiple Perspectives. This strategy requires students to interact with an image or video from the perspective of someone or something in the media being used during the lesson. This strategy allows students to demonstrate their learning in a creative manner!
Why did you become a teacher?
Throughout my career as a student, I was blessed to have teachers who where passionate about learning and exploring. It was that passion that drove me into the teaching career. I enjoy and look forward to igniting the passion for life long learning in others on a daily basis.
What other groups are you a part of?
Along with being apart of the Discovery Educator network, I am also a part of the BrainPOP network and SMART Exemplary Educator community. It is an honor to be a member of these communities that thrive from collaboration. Being a member of these networks, I am able to connect with other educators who partake in the same kind of passion for integrating technology into classroom lessons. Working with a community of like-minded educators is an experience that I will always value.
What are you reading or something on your to-read list?
Currently, I am reading Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson, M.D. This book focuses on how change can be a positive thing in both your personal and professional life. In the world of technology, things are always changing and evolving. We all know our students have no issue keeping up with change, but as adults, keeping up with change can be a challenge. The main characters of this book Hem and Haw work together to explore change and remind us that, “If you do not change, you can become extinct.”
What brings you joy?
There are many little things in life that bring me joy such as the company of friends and family as well as chocolate – any kind of chocolate! Living in Wisconsin, the sunshine and warm weather always put a smile on my face, although my family always puts the biggest smile on my face.
How can others connect with you?
Twitter: @alsterckx Google Plus: +Amy.Sterckx